Oscar Silva Lizarraga was a “great kid” who attended Atascadero High School as a junior before his death early Sunday, a family friend said.
Lizarraga, a 16-year-old Shandon resident, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Sunday. He never went through the “typical teen phase of being too cool to talk to an adult or younger kid,” Charity Doherty of Creston said.
“Oscar was always such a dear kid,” said Doherty, who first met Lizarraga when he was a student at Creston Elementary School. “To lose a young man like this from our community is such a tragedy.”
Doherty said Lizarraga was well liked by everyone.
“I just loved him. We all did,” she said. In an email to students and parents Monday, Atascadero High School Principal E.J. Rossi informed the school of Lizarraga’s death.
“This has definitely been a tough day for students and staff alike as we deal with the death of a well-loved Greyhound,” Rossi wrote in the email. “He was an amazing young man who went out of his way to smile and make others happy at all times.”
Extra counseling services are being offered at Atascadero High School for any students who are having trouble adjusting to the news.
Lizarraga was killed some time before 3 a.m. Sunday, when his Ford F-250 pickup overturned just south of his home on Cammati-Shandon Road in Shandon. He was ejected from the vehicle.
Lizarraga, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not believed to be wearing a seatbelt at the time, according to a CHP news release.
According to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla, an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, though Lizarraga’s cause of death will likely not be released until a toxicology report is completed.
CHP officers at the scene said it did not appear as though alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.